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SBD Global/October 30, 2013/International Football

Football Against Racism In Europe Head Says Education Key To Combating Racism

Football Against Racism in Europe Exec Dir Piara Powar said that "kicking Russia out of club and national competitions could prove counter-productive in terms of teaching the country how to eradicate the abuse of black players," according to Andrew Warshaw of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Powar said that "Russia had to stop constantly going on the defensive every time it falls under the spotlight because of racism by its fans." Powar, a member of FIFA's anti-discrimination task force headed by FIFA VP Jeffrey Webb, "has been keeping a close eye on developments involving CSKA Moscow and Manchester City's Yaya Toure who has raised the concept of a possible boycott by black players of next year's World Cup." Powar is impressed by UEFA's crackdown so far this season but favors a "carrot-and-stick approach." Powar: "The issue for us now is how do we educate Russian football and these fans" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 10/29). WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER reported FIFA VP Prince Ali bin Al Hussein called for Russia "to tackle racism head on" to ensure the issue does not blight the World Cup in '18. He "was unconvinced that a boycott would be the right answer." Hussain: "What I hope happens is that these issues are seriously tackled so we can have a good World Cup. There was talk of boycotting the last European Championships in Poland and Ukraine but that went ahead and went well" (WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER, 10/29). INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Andrew Warshaw wrote Webb, who heads the organization's anti-discrimination task force, said that "English football needs to seriously address the issue of coaching and management opportunities for retired black players and other ethnic minorities." Webb said non-white players are "demoralized" once they hang up their boots. EPL Norwich City's Chris Hughton "is the only black manager in the Premier League and Blackpool's Paul Ince and Charlton Athletic's Chris Powell the only ones in the Football League following the departure of Chris Kiwomya from Notts County" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 10/29).
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